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Saved by the Bible

Published: 5/16/2011
Alfred Sturgeon (Akron Beacon Journal)Did you hear the one about the soldier whose life was spared when the small Bible in his shirt pocket caught a bullet that was speeding toward his heart?

Well, it was something like that for Alfred Sturgeon, according to the obituary that ran in the Akron Beacon Journal.

During military combat, he survived an ambush in which he suffered multiple injuries. Through the years, he shared his remarkable testimonial of how his life was spared when a shell fragment lodged into a bible which he was carrying in his shirt pocket.

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This post was contributed by Alana Baranick, a freelance obituary writer who lives in Northeast Ohio. She is director of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers and chief author of Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers.

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